Before the Dawn by Nicholas Wade is a furious and fascinating page turner that I could not get enough of.  It is a non-fiction science book that attempts to solve the mysteries of human prehistory, especially the lost years between the exodus of modern humans out of Africa 50,000 years ago until the beginnings of recorded human history and urbanized civilization 5000 years ago. Since the discovery of the fully mapped out human genome in 2003, it is now possible to look back in time at human history, and prehistory.

The human genome is a recorded time capsule, literally. Biological geneticists are now able to decode the human genome and unlock such elusive mysteries as when anatomically modern humans lost their fur, began to wear clothing and developed language. It can now be determined with a high degree of accuracy the exact date our ancestors left Africa and even how many there were down to the exact number. We even can determine the nature of  prehistory human warfare. The secrets revealed by decoding the human genome do not end there either. We now know for certain whether Thomas Jefferson actually did have a forbidden slave family, what the pre-history Homo sapiens must have been like, and why humans behave the way they do in modern times.

Before the Dawn is a mesmerizing and addictive book. It is insightful and one of the best mainstream science books I have ever read. It is an absolute must for any curious minded person with a sense of wonder and even a casual interest in human history, anthropology, or natural science.

One of the most interesting concepts explored by the book is the date when the hominids that evolved into humans began to lose their fur. Like all of the dates, geographic places and numbers revealed in Before the Dawn, this date can be determined with a fair degree of accuracy by decoding the time capsule of data in the genome.
But there is one issue that niether this book, nor any other current theory addresses. Namely, the wide range of body hair volume that exists among humans today, even among males with similar androgen levels. Some of us still have "fur".

Unlike the hair on a human head or even the face, body hair behaves exactly like fur. It grows to a certain length and stops. Then the follicles shed hair and are replaced at regular intervals. It may be that people today who still have this body “fur”, carry an active form of the genes from our ancestors prior when human body hair was lost (very roughly around 1.2 million years ago). I am sure regional heritage is a factor. I am of Italian decent and have “fur” on nearly every inch of my body. I would say this trait is mostly found among Mediterranean men, but I also have a Russian friend almost as hairy except his fur is light in color.

Of course I have my own theory about this. Recently it has been proven that some Neanderthal DNA exists in all non-African Homo sapiens.There another archaic Hominid species unknown to modern science but written about in the Sacred Scrolls of Tarmok and referenced in many other ancient texts, the Bull Mongoni.Those of us like myself who still possess body fur, sinewy mesomorphic builds, and surging androgen levels have the blood of this other ancient hominid species coarsing through our veins, the blood of the Bull Mongoni.

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